Category: Flower Garden

Tuberous Begonias

By , 2018/02/06

February 6th, 2018

It is time to Start Your Tuberous Begonias!

Begonias come in two different types; tuberous or fibrous. Tuberous begonias are started from an established root called a tuber. Fibrous begonias are started from seed. Tuberous begonias are started indoors in February and March. You should start the tubers in sterile Potting Soil or Starter Mix rich in peat moss in pots or trays.

You can choose from a wide selection of Belgian hybrid tubers as well as many specialty and novelty varieties.

For more information about how to grow tuberous begonias download our information sheet here.


Our 2018 Seeds Have Arrived!

By , 2018/01/18

January 20th, 2018

Choose from a selection of fresh Seeds!

Our stores have received their 2018 seed racks. These fresh new seeds are ready to grow. Now is a great time to to start many of them in your home to be ready to plant in your garden when the warmer weather arrives in April and May. Most seeds can now be started indoors in a sunny window. Choose from seeds for Herbs, Vegetables, and Flowers.

If you are looking for Certified Organic Seeds several of our suppliers have a selection of Organic Seeds on their racks.

You can choose from the following seed companies:

Click here for our Seed Starting Brochure

Hamamelis

By , 2018/01/07

January 7th, 2018

Add colour and fragrance to your winter garden with Witch Hazel!

Witch hazels, also known as Hamamelis, are excellent deciduous shrubs to add to your winter garden. Known best for their colourful flowers and beautiful fragrance no garden would be complete without at least one variety of Witch Hazel. The flowers are beautiful during late winter and early spring from December to February.

The stems of this plant also add structure to your garden. During the summer the green leaves provide an excellent backdrop for other flowering shrubs or excellent shade for your hosta’s or other shade plants.

Witch hazels are hardy to zone 5 (-15 F, or -23 C) and most will grow to 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. They are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. They flower best in a sunny location. They prefer moist, acidic, organically rich soils and can tolerate heavy clay soils.

As they grow it is important to remove sucker shoots that grow from the root system to prevent them from spreading. For general pruning give them a light pruning in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

The x intermedia hybrids (H. mollis x H. japonica) are large deciduous shrubs which typically grow 12-20′ tall and feature mid to late winter flowers.

You can choose from the following varieties:

  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’ - bright yellow flowers
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Jelena’ – vibrant yellow flower
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Sunburst’ – bright yellow

Helleborus

By , 2018/01/06

January 6th, 2018

Heavenly Helleborus!

Helleborus, or Christmas Rose, are an easy to grow perennial that bloom continuously for many months. Some varieties start in early December and can bloom until March. They grow best in a dry shady location. They are fairly disease resistant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. For more information about growing Helleborus click here.

Tulips

By , 2017/10/16

October 16th, 2017

Take advantage off all that Tulips have to offer!

When it come to Spring Flowering Bulbs Tulips have the widest range of heights, sizes, colours, and bloom time.

There are the miniature botanical Tulips that only grow to 4 to 6 inches high like Pulchella Eastern Star, Praestans Unicum, or Chrysantha. There are the Triumph hybrids like Bastogne, Strong Gold, and White Dream that can go to 30-40 inches high.

There are double flowering varieties like Angelique, Abba, and Royal Acres.

The early blooming varieties like the Emperor series including Orange, Red, and Yellow Emperor bloom as early as March or April.

There are also late blooming varieties like the greigii types, including the largest flowering variety Casa Grande.

There are even “green” varieties like Spring Green and Flaming Spring Green. You can plant Tulips everywhere in your garden and enjoy colour from March to June.

Hyacinths

By , 2017/10/02

October 2nd, 2017

Enjoy the sweet fragrance of Hyacinths!

Hyacinths are one of the most fragrant spring bulbs you can plant in your garden. They have a beautifully sweet scent, are deer resistant, and are easy to grow You can choose from white, red, pink, and blue flowers. Continue reading 'Hyacinths'»

Crocus

By , 2017/09/30

September 30th, 2017

Plant a sea of colour with Crocus bulbs!

Crocus are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs to plant in your garden. The most common colours are purple, yellow, and white but they also come in several bi-colour or stripped varieties. These little beauties grow to be about 4 to 6 inches tall and produce an abundance of flowers in early spring. If you leave Crocus bulbs in the ground they can grow and bloom again the next year. This is called naturalizing. You can plant them in masses in your garden, or even plant them in your lawn. Just wait until after they have stored enough energy for next year before you mow them down.

Snowdrops

By , 2017/09/25

September 25th, 2017

Get the drop on spring with Snowdrops!

Snowdrop bulbs (botanical name Galanthus) are the first bulbs to bloom every spring. Many of them will even push through a layer of snow to flower in your garden. They are one of the best bulbs to plant in your garden, or even your lawn, because they multiply more and more every year. If you start with 20 or 30 bulbs you will almost double the number of bulbs every year. Eventually you can have a carpet of white flowers blooming in your garden every spring.

Cyclamen

By , 2017/09/08

September 8th, 2017

Add Cyclamen to your Fall Garden!

If you are looking for something to replace your summer annuals for fall try the amazing blooms of Cyclamen. These beauties are started from seed in early spring and grow all summer just to produce an amazing show of fall colour. Some varieties of Cyclamen are hardy enough to survive our winters but most of the ones grown are annuals. But don’t let that stop you from planting them. You will find that the annual varieties produce a great show of colour all fall, even through frost.

Cyclamen flower in shades of white, pink, and red and can have simple green leaves or complex variegated leaves with intricate patterns of grey and silver. They are generally easy to grow as they grow best in all purpose potting soil and enjoy being slightly moist which is idea for our wet fall and mild winter. To keep them blooming feed them every week with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro or 20-20-20.

Crocosmia

By , 2017/07/15

July 15th, 2017

Enjoy the devilishly beautiful blooms of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Crocosmia are one of the best summer flowering perennials to have in your garden. They produce clumps of sword-shaped leaves. These leaves are topped with tall, arching spikes of tubular funnel-shaped blossoms in mid to late summer. There are several named varieties available, in a range of hot colours. The most popular variety is the ‘Lucifer’. Lucifer has brilliant flame-red flowers, and a tall habit. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make an outstanding cut flower in a bouquet. Every garden should have at least one variety of Crocosmia in it and Lucifer is by far the most popular variety. There is also ‘Emily McKenzie’ which is a bright Orange and ‘George Davidson’ which is a golden yellow.

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